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  • A New Ally in the Fight Against Bacteria that Cause HAIs

    More than 90,000 patients are admitted to U.S. hospitals daily. People go to the hospital because they’re ill or injured. However, during their stay, some patients can develop an illness that they didn’t come in with. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI). The prevalence and substantial acquisition rate of HAIs has become a major concern in the healthcare industry. In 2011, it was estimated that of the approximately 722,000 patients who contracted HAIs, 10% died as a consequence of this adverse event subsequent to hospitalization. The five major HAIs identified by the study are: central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, surgical site infections, C. difficile infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

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  • Step Up Safety in Your Foundry

    A 2013 study conducted by Allsup, a provider of Social Security disability insurance, found that foundries ranked third among the most dangerous jobs in the United States.1 

    In foundries, danger is everywhere. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), between 2004 and 2015, there were 20 injuries or deaths caused by die-cast machines.2 To prevent these types of accidents, many facilities utilize heavy metal plate systems that when stepped on, trigger a switch to shut down the machine. However, these systems are often complex and can wear down over time. Individuals overseeing plant safety need to understand the variety of solutions available to protect workers and reduce equipment downtime. Industrial safety mats provide the durability and reliability for a foundry’s machine safeguarding needs.

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